Lowfield Primary School
Lowfield Primary School

Foundation 2


The children need to be able to recognise simple coins in F2 and count out amounts using the coins.  Try some of the ideas below to counting your coins, sorting them and adding simple coins together.

Taking away Ideas

The children need to be able to comple subtraction sums using practical objects.  You say a problem eg 7 - 5.  Use objects to take 5 away and see what the answer is.  See the picture below for some ideas.

Adding two sets of objects together

One of the objectives for F2 children to be able to do is add two sets of objects together and count how many in total.  Use things in your house for them to add together some ideas you might try are shown below.


Quickwrite is something we do everday in F2 for just 10 mins a day to get the children quick and confident with their writing.  You could try at home start with saying initial sounds and model how to form them properly.  Then move onto 3 letter words like cat, sun, jam etc  Then say a sentence for teh children to sound out and spell themselves eg a red bus, a fat dog, a big rat etc  

Dough Disco

Make some playdough and then have some dough disco fun It helps with building fine motor control and finger strength which all helps with your writing.


Phonic ideas 
Below are lots of practical ideas and activities to help your child learn their sounds, make and read words and sound out words.  Keep learning your sounds and words as it wil make you a much better reader.
The tube tube channel below has some good lessons.
Learn all your phase 3 sounds -watch the video below.  Keep learning your sounds and words.

Make words using post it notes or pieces of paper and then change them.  Add your sound buttons eg cap into nap into map etc

Make letters using beads, buttons,pasta, glitter etc

Make a washing line of words and swap around plain to pain to rain etc.  Add different sounds in the middle like ee, oo, or etc  Use your sound mats for sound ideas.

Write your high frequency words on paper, post on duplo, write in chalk outside.  Keep learning to read them - how many can you do in 1 minute?

Write words on sticks or paper then letters on pegs or paper make different 3 letter words.  Can you sound them out and say the word?  Can you read the words without having to sound out?

Make saltdough or playdough letters and then try and make different words.  Can you read them?  Can you write them?  Can you close your eyes and guess what letter it is without looking just touching?

Using Lids

Use milk and jar lids to count, make your own lid number line, make number sentences, write letters on and make words, guess how many you have got then count and check.  Write numbers 1-20 and put in the right order.  Get your grown up to take one away which is missing?

Make pictures and patterns with the lids.

Online Phonics Sessions
If you go on You tube and search for Wandle English hub letters and sounds and subscribe -it's free.  Each day they are adding phonics sessions for your child to do at home.
Number Blocks to help with your counting
Learning numbers and solving problems with stories.

Alphablocks to help learn your sounds and read words

Learning letters and sounds with stories.

Oxford Owl Reading Books

The website below has lots of different books which the children can read online at home.  Parents just need to create a login and account but all the resources are currently free to use.  Children can select their age group and pick from a wide range of books to read.

Happy Reading!


Shape Hunt

Go on a shape hunt around your house/flat and see how many different shapes you can find.  Can you name them all?  What is the most common shape?

Easter Fun

Have some Easter fun by making eggs, decorating a paper eggs in lots of different colours, make a rabbit using a paper plate, get a grown up to cut you a pattern in a potato and do some printing, cut out eggs and hide them around your house -how many can people find?

We're going on a number hunt-how many will you find?

Go around your house or flat looking for numbers.  Write down them when you find them. How many did you see? Look outside can you see any numbers on doors, buses, cars?  Are there any in your kitchen -try the washing machine, microwave then move to the next room.

Baking or cooking                                                                         Find a simple recipe to follow and help make it.  Help measure out the ingredients, count how many eggs you need, talk about the mixture and any changes which happen to it, then get to enjoy eating it.

Phase 3 Words

When you can read all the phase 2 high frequency words have a go at learning these phase 3 words.  Play games like pairs, challenge your parents, how many can you read in 1 minute?

Make a sock puppet

Why not find an old sock and make your own sock puppet to play with.


Miss Frays Challenge
1. I spy/list A-Z items in your house, you can challenge your parents /carers or your siblings to see who can find the most items. 
2. Write an acrostic poem using your name or Lowfield


Maths Activities with your child

  1. Practice counting out loud in order from 0-20 and back again.  Start at different numbers eg count back from 7, on from 12 etc


  1. Say a number get your child to tell you the number that is one more.  Can they tell you the number that is one less?


  1. Choose a number up to 20. Use this number all day. Can they count out that number of objects from around the house accurately?


  1. Can they do that many star jumps, catch a ball that number of times, hop, jump, bunny hop that number of times.


  1.  Play ‘I’m thinking of a number’ game.  Pick a number between 1 and 20.  Encourage the children to ask you questions about the number. Eg, is your number greater than 7. 

Roll a Story

Use the image below -roll a dice and tell a grown up your story be as imaginative as you can - how many characters are there?  What might they do?  What happens next?

High Frequency Words

Can you get your child to read all the phase 2 hgh frequency words onsight?  You could make games up usng these words, play pairs matching, who can read the words the fastest, can you think of a senetnce usng that word?

Get Creative

Click on the link for some free craft and art activities to try at home with your child.  Keep on drawing, using scssors and keeping up those fne motor skills whilst you are at home.


PE with Joe Wicks

Tune into you tube at 9am Monday to Friday to take part n a PE session with Joe Wicks or you could do at a later time.  Stay fit, active and well  


Home Learning Packs

Below are a list of activities and websites you can go on to give you ideas of things you can do at home in order to continue the learning opportunities the children would have in foundation.



  • Sound out 3 letter words together eg cat, dog say the sounds d-o-g can your child tell you the word?  Say a 3 letter word and get your child to sound out the sounds.
  • Reinforce the sounds on the sound mats can they say them all?  You say a sound can they find it?  Get them to tell you a word with that sound in eg oa = goat etc
  • Use the sound cards to make your own words
  • High Frequency word check say the words without having to sound them out.  Use these words as flashcards.   Make two sets and play a pairs game. 
  • Read a variety of picture stories – discuss what happened. Where it took place, any new language you can introduce to your child, did they like it?
  • Play I spy using letter sounds to find things.

https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/ -supposed to be offering a months free trial to parents

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies- lots of games, radio for listening activities etc

https://www.starfall.com/h/index-kindergarten.php  Lots of activities for phonics, reading games and simple maths activities.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ free login using username march20 password:home


https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/5-7-years/letters-and-sounds lots of phonics games

https://www.ictgames.com/ - literacy games



  • Count forwards and back to 20
  • Find shapes around the house can they name them?
  • Say the number that is one more up to 20
  • Say the number that is one less to 20
  • In the bath or shower fill different sized containers can they use the language full, half full, empty etc?  Can they order which is the biggest?
  • Simple addition and subtraction sums
  • Use number lines to count on and back

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/ - lots of activities counting, ordering numbers, shape recognition,

https://www.ictgames.com/ maths activities to try at home



  • Say a 3 letter word can your child write it correctly eg sad, top, man etc
  • Extend them to write a simple sentence eg a sad man, a red bus etc
  • Letter formation – write the initial sounds correctly
  • Trace patterns in different designs zig zags, circles, lines etc



Other areas

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga - great yoga training for children we use in PE sometimes

Youtube – search for go noodle lots of short dances/routines to copy

Send a card, picture or letter to a local care home –all volunteers and visitors have been stopped going so try and brighten a residents day.

Paint or draw pictures

use scissors to cut out pictures from magazines – make a collage.

Make up and act out a familiar story – you could even make your own puppets

Take a walk and spot different things on the way


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This half term we will be finding out lots of information about Dinosaurs.  We will be dinosaur explorers in the role play, have a dinosaur cafe where we might make T-rex stew or jurassic juice.  We will be trying to use our phonics to write simple words and sentences.  In maths we will be adding one more and one less using dinosaurs and other objects and then trying out how to add and subtract two amounts together.  


This half term we wil be learning all about animals in Foundation.  We are going to spend two weeks looking at different types of animals.  Two weeks on sea creatures where we will read the key texts Billy's Bucket and Commotion in the ocean, two weeks on farm animals where we will read Mrs Wishy Washy and The Little Red Hen and wo weeks on jungle animals where we will read Rumble in the Jungle and Walking through the jungle.   


Help your child learn names for different animals. Why not visit Heeley City farm or Graves Park?  You might want to borrow the books from the library.

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Welcome To Foundation

We would like to welcome all of our new families and children to Lowfield.  The children have settled into school really well and are adjusting to the changes of being at school all day.  We have been having great fun exploring our outdoor area where the sand, water and mud kitchen have already proved to be a big hit with some of the children.  Please make sure your child has a coat at school everyday as we do go outside in all weathers.

If you have any questions or concerns please speak to a member of the foundation team.

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Ice, Ice baby!

With the cold weather hitting Sheffield the children had great fun in our outdoor area when they discovered that the water had frozen over night and created ice!  They hunted to see where they could find ice - finding circles of ice in the bottoms of the bowls.  They used spoons and mashers to try and break the ice and compare how big the ice shards were.  There was lots of language used to talk about what the ice looked and felt like.

Christmas Creative Fun with Parents

Many thanks to all the parents who came to our family Christmas creative session.  It was lovelt to see so many of you were able to make ut and join in the fun.  The children and parents made lollypop decorations, threading baubles, Christmas cards, snowmen cruchies were very popular, we painted Christmas trees and printed snowmen to name a few.  We hope you can make our next family creative on February 6th.


Last week we got to have a PE session with a judo teacher.  He taught us how to say stop and go and showed us how to move in different ways like frogs, bearsa and worms.  He taught us how to roll over and stretch in a variety of ways.  It was great fun and showed us some of the ways in which we can move in judo.

Foundation Curriculum 

How my child will be learning

The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development.

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

Children should develop the 3 prime areas first.  These are:

·         Communication and language;

·         Physical development; and

·         Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

·         Literacy;

·         Mathematics;

·         Understanding the world; 

·         Expressive arts and design.

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. At Lowfield the staff supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. 

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

How Parents Can Help

Foundation Years

Information for governors and families on the early years click here

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Attendance & Punctuality

School starts at 8:45am

School finishes 3:15pm

School Holidays

Term Dates 2019-2020
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